19 Nov 2014

Shipwreck discovered

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:08 pm on 19 November 2014

It's been 112 years since the SS Ventnor sank off the coast of New Zealand. And it's finally be found.

Ventnor wreck photos by Definitive Productions

Ventnor wreck - Photos and video courtesy Definitive Productions.

The steamship was on its way from Wellington to Hong Kong when it sank off the west coat of Northland in 1902.

It claimed the lives of most of her crew, and consigned to the ocean 499 coffins, carrying the remains of Chinese gold miners who were being taken home for burial.

The wreck lies in about 150 metres of water, 21km due west of Hokianga harbour.

John Albert is the Chairman of the Ventnor Project Group and he was on the salvage boat when the first dive group went down. He tells Simon Mercep about the discovery.

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